Fuck Yes! The AFI, once again, proves they love horror.

Posted by Peter Hall - June 28th 2008 @ 9:04 am

Shouldn’t be too hard to remember that just last week I was defending the AFI over their lack of horror lists in their Top 10 of 10 special.  Well, last night I was checking out the showtimes for MONGOL and noticed that they had finally listed the lineup for their sequel to last year’s summer run of Totally Awesome Movies of the ’80s.  Not to mention the Spielberg retrospective they’ll be rolling out over the next two months, either.  My heart went all pitter patter.

I feel like many of my weekends for the rest of the summer have just been decided for me.  Starting next week and spread out through August (where it gets real good), the lovely American Film Institute will be showcasing all of the following genre related cinema:

July:

  • JAWS,
  • THE GOONIES
  • DUEL (!)
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
  • THE DARK CRYSTAL
  • LABYRINTH
  • RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

August:

  • THEY LIVE
  • E.T.
  • TWILIGHT ZONE THE MOVIE
  • THE THING (FUCK YES, FUCK YES, FUCK YES!)
  • POLTERGEIST
  • TEMPLE OF DOOM
  • VIDEODROME
  • ALIENS
  • NEAR DARK

That is a bad man’s roster right there.  Between these and some horrorfests of my own divising, this is going to be a fantastic summer of movies.  Now with my luck the Gov will finally stop wasting our tax money, get their shit together and push the several times delayed Doha install closer.  If I miss seeing THE THING on the big screen because I’m back in the searing Qatari dessert, well, I’ll be the saddest boy ever to miss seeing THE THING on the big screen because he was back in Molten Core the searing Qatari dessert.


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  1. R.J. Sayer
    June 28th, 2008 | 10:12 am | #1

    dude. forget it. come to LA.

    American Cinematheque and the New Beverly Cinema love horror much, MUCH more.

  2. June 28th, 2008 | 10:31 am | #2

    F LA.

  3. Will Goss
    June 28th, 2008 | 1:39 pm | #3

    FLA? Florida’s not much better, dude.

    (Although there ARE rumors that our art house will be getting their hands on a print of THE THING someday soon…)

  4. Sean
    June 29th, 2008 | 12:29 am | #4

    I think he said fuck la. not fla, as in florida. oh u.

  5. Will Goss
    June 29th, 2008 | 2:17 am | #5

    Sean: I was worried about you there for a second, but then you brought it home with Ohio University. Represent! ;)

  6. R.J. Sayer
    June 29th, 2008 | 10:07 am | #6

    you say F LA, but last night i shook Guillermo Del Toro’s hand.

  7. June 29th, 2008 | 10:31 am | #7

    Yeah, well, last night in Manassas, Virginia I got drunk and went undefeated in Scene-It on the 360 for 3 hours. I’m pretttttty sure my night tops yours.

  8. Sean
    June 29th, 2008 | 3:54 pm | #8

    What?

    I…no…wait…

    …ohhhh I get it, you canny devil.

  9. June 30th, 2008 | 8:14 am | #9

    I saw you online playing that. Tempting pickup, but I already have the boardgame version.

    Gave up playing games and watched Botched and Class of Nuke ‘Em High instead. Can you guess which film was better?

  10. June 30th, 2008 | 8:38 am | #10

    It’s fun and I like that it tracks what questions have been asked to what players, so repetition isn’t just minimized, it is non-existent. Never actually played the board game version, but I imagine it is no better or worse. But if you want to pad a gamerscore, man oh man, Scene-It is your best friend. The achievements never end in that friggin thing.

    How was Botched? I really need to re-activate my Netflix and, ya know, not hold movies for months and months at a time.

  11. June 30th, 2008 | 9:35 am | #11

    Botched was… not good. The beginning showed promise, but then the wheels flew right the fuck off. Gave up immediately after things degraded into fart jokes.

    Saw it on Netflix’s Watch Instantly (via vmcNetflix on the 360), so I didn’t even need a disc. ;^)

  12. R.J. Sayer
    July 1st, 2008 | 8:39 am | #12

    the board game version gets repetitive after a while.

    never played the 360 version. but as soon as i get the ol xbox back out here to LA, i’m going to check it out.

    on the boardgame version, i am thus far undefeated.

  13. July 1st, 2008 | 9:24 am | #13

    When you say no repeats, the film clips still repeat often though, right?

    On the board game version, you get the same film clips over and over again (Hello, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, so nice to see you again) but the questions they ask about them are less likely to be the same.

  14. July 1st, 2008 | 10:01 am | #14

    Herm, come to think of it, I’ve never seen a repeat film clip. I haven’t played it obsessively, but there have to be at least 25+ games logged with a various mix and match of players/profiles and I don’t recall any. Plenty of clips of old flicks that I can’t even name, but no double ups.

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